1984 (Anthony Phillips album)

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Studio album by Anthony Phillips
Released June 1981
Recorded July 1980 – June 1981
Genre Progressive rock
Length 41.26
Label Blueprint/Voiceprint, Passport (US), RCA
Producer Anthony Phillips
Anthony Phillips chronology
Private Parts and Pieces II: Back to the Pavilion
Private Parts and Pieces III: Antiques
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

1984 is an album by Anthony Phillips released in 1981. It is an instrumental electronic album with some vocal effects and a variety of percussion.

The album cover features a picture of a small cage, which is presumably a reference to the cage affixed to Winston Smith's face in Nineteen Eighty-Four. This was the first Anthony Phillips album for which Peter Cross did not create the cover artwork. The liner notes include the line "Peter Cross is on holiday with Ralph Bernascone", which is part of a running joke in which "Ralph Bernascone" is mentioned in the liner notes of several of Anthony Phillips' albums.

A remastered 2CD version of the album was released in Japan by Arcangelo Records in July 2007 as a limited edition mini-vinyl sleeve. A standard jewel case version was released in the United Kingdom by Voiceprint Records in June 2008.

The bonus CD for the reissue includes new mixes from the original 8-track masters which allow parts of the album to be heard for the first time in their original basic form. Also released for the first time is some of Ant's original music for the ATV Series Rule Britannia which was recorded at the same time as the album, the previously unheard keyboard piece "Ascension" (which was re-discovered on the original multi-track tapes during the research for this re-issue and has been mixed for the first time) and the 16-minute demo version of "Poly Piece" - a track originally written for inclusion on Sides and then considered by Ant as a possible track for 1984 in the formative stages of the album.

On June 24, 2016, Esoteric Recordings (a Cherry Red Records label) released a 3-disc deluxe edition of the album. Disc 1 contains a 2016 stereo mix of the album. Disc 2 contains the bonus material. Disc 3 contains a 2016 5.1 surround sound mix of the album on a DVD. The deluxe edition also includes a poster and a 16-page booklet with photos and extensive liner notes.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Anthony Phillips.

  1. "Prelude '84" – 4:19
  2. "1984 Part 1" – 19:06
  3. "1984 Part 2" – 15:28
  4. "Anthem 1984" – 2:27

2008 reissue bonus CD[edit]

  1. "Prelude '84" (early stage mix) – 4:26
  2. "Ascension" – 5:16
  3. "1984 Part 1" (early stage mix) – 12:49
    Rule Britannia Suite
  4. i) "Sally Theme" – 1:13
  5. ii) "Science & Technology" – 1:17
  6. iii) "Respect" – 0:57
  7. iv) "Church" – 0:49
  8. v) "Military" – 1:37
  9. vi) "Power In The Land" – 1:43
  10. "1984 Part 2" (early stage mix) – 4:25
  11. "Anthem 1984" (early stage mix) – 2:08
  12. "Poly Piece" (demo) – 16:39


  • Anthony Phillips - keyboards, drumbox (Roland CR-78), occasional guitar, basic percussion
  • Richard Scott - basic percussion, effects, vocal ideas
  • Morris Pert - percussion
  • 8-track recorded at Send Barns
  • Produced and Engineered by Anthony Phillips, assisted by Richard Scott
  • Mixed at Atmosphere Studios, Lexington Street
  • Engineered by Chris David
  • Vocoder manipulated by Chris and Anita David
  • 2007/2008 Remaster by Simon Heyworth


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. 1984 at AllMusic